Joan Rivers' Daughter Recalls Last Conversation, Final Moments (Video)

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Melissa Rivers also talks more about her issues with the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, which she's suing for malpractice.

In an interview that aired on Monday's Today, Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa opened up about her final moments with her mom, who died in September.

The younger Rivers recalled the "very normal conversation" she had with her mother the night before the comedian went in for minor throat surgery to treat acid reflux.

"All she said was, 'Ugh, I hate having to do this. Getting old sucks,'" Rivers told Matt Lauer.

Early the next morning, Rivers said she received a phone call from her mother's assistant who was crying and told her Joan stopped breathing and they were on their way to the hospital.

Rivers talked about what it was like to see her mother in a medically induced coma. "There's my mom and machines and doctors," she said. "I think at that point, it was starting to dawn on me a little, the craziness that was starting to ensue."

In her new memoir, The Book of Joan, Rivers writes about her last night with her mother in the hospital and their final moments together.

"I slept on the cot next to my mother's bed that night with some of the lights still on and the TV blasting, just the way she liked it," Rivers read from her book on Today. "In the morning, when it was time to remove the ventilator, she was surrounded by those who loved her most and whom she loved most. I lay in the bed and held her for a while. And after a few hours, she was finally gone. I didn't have to tell her I loved her. She knew. She didn't have to tell me she loved me. I knew."

Rivers also talked more about her suit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, which treated her mother. Even though she believes what happened to her mom "was a tragic accident" she thinks her mother's death was preventable.

"If something happens and everyone does everything properly, things happen," Rivers said. "When it's error after error after error after error after error after behaviors that you can not even begin to get your head around, you get mad."

She also reveals that of all the stories that were circulating about how her mom was treated at the clinic, the one that most bothered her was the allegation that the doctors were taking selfies of themselves while they were working on her mom.

Watch part of Rivers' Today interview below.

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